(Closed) corporate lunches..no vegetarian options?

posted 5 years ago in Career
  • poll: Should corporate offices provide a vegetarian option when bringing in lunch?
    yes, it's appropriate to provide this alternative : (98 votes)
    66 %
    nope, bring your own lunch! : (50 votes)
    34 %
  • Post # 3
    46653 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @Pixie26:  Have you spoken up and asked for a vegetarian option?

    Post # 5
    585 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    @Pixie26:  If it’s a gift from a vendor (sometimes ours send treat/lunch etc..) there’s really nothing you or your company can do.  If it’s something your company is catering in, I think it’s fair to ask for a veg. option.

    Post # 6
    645 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I’m pretty opinionated about this. As a vegan I always ensure that I bring something myself because I know my choices are not the norm. I know how easy it is to make something veggie friendly but people usually assume it’s a lot more difficult. Since this is a nice gesture on their part I personally do not feel comfortable requesting something specific, I always think, “what if someone just didn’t like chicken?” should there be something else provided? Now when we have working lunches or something where I know we will be catered I will ask for a salad option or something like that.

    Post # 7
    5956 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2018

    @Pixie26:  …there comes a point, where your diet requirements, are your sole and solitary province….because once someone opens that door, it can never be closed again…and its nothing but kosher, gluten free, paleo friendly, pescatarian, sugar free, organic and NO PEANUTS…ever.

    And what ends up happening, is no lunches for anyone, because the logistics of it are a nightmare.

    Post # 8
    2445 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Girl I feel you. My office is pretty good about it, and other companies I’ve previously worked for have also kept it in mind. But once someone ate my vegetarian sandwich on accident (he didn’t realize there was no meat??) so I didn’t get a lunch that day, haha.

    Post # 10
    718 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    Yeah as someone who can’t eat gluten, I never assume there will be ok food for me anywhere.  Even salad’s aren’t normally safe.  I either eat before I go, pack something for myself, and I always have my old staple of larabars.


    Would I love it if they started taking my food “allergy” into consideration more?  Absolutely.  Is it ever going to happen?  Probably not.

    Post # 12
    394 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @Pixie26:  I’ve been vegetarian/vegan since I was in junior high, and the reality of it is that most people eat meat. I honestly don’t ever expect there to be an option when my work provides lunch or in situations where a standard meal is provided. It sucks, but if you’re in the minority when it comes to diet, you can’t expect people to always cater to that. It is nice when they do, but I never expect it. Plan ahead, have another option planned, eat before/after, etc. 

    Also I don’t think salad and side dishes is too bad! Bread, rice, and salad is more than a lot of places do lol. I’ve been at events where there was meat in literally EVERYTHING (including the salad dressing on the salad! lol).

    Post # 13
    1348 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I was vegan for a long time and vegetarian after that for awhile. My office was constantly getting food that I couldn’t eat. Like a triple meat lovers pizza that I was supposed to help pay for but couldn’t eat…very frustrating.

    Now, if it’s a vendor…just pack your lunch and suck it up. However, if it’s the office or your actual company, I would speak up. Your voice might go unnoticed but at least you tried. You don’t have to ask that the whole lunch be veggie, but maybe just one option? 

    Post # 14
    8668 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I think in a big corporate office you can’t really expect the company to cater specifically to you. There are so many people with different diet choices these days, I think it would be impossible to make it fair for everyone.

    Post # 15
    2610 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

    It can be tough, I know when places I work provided lunch there was always a veggie option..but even there we ran into problems with non-veggie only people eating the veggie option. Sometimes by the time the vegetarian co-workers got there the veggie option was gone.

    At FI’s work holiday party they offered a gluten free dessert option and actually said please only take one at first if you are actually gluten intolerant NOT just because you think being gluten free is the cool new thing. You were then welcome to try it later if there was any left and you wanted/preferred (but did not need) gluten free.

    I do think it opens a door for everyone’s needs to be met though and that can get tricky. I have known people who are simply just picky eaters and would still bring their own lunch even though they didn’t really have any dietary restrictions..just honestly preferred PB&J to anything else…

    I agree in your case if it was the employer providing it would be nice, but an outside vendor has no way of knowing and probably can’t always cater to everyone. Best to be prepared.

    Post # 16
    1348 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @ErinC6:  lol @ meat salad dressing! I can’t tell you how many times that has screwed me over! Usually it’s bacon something! 

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